University of Michigan’s Men’s Health Education Project aims to reach Black men in the Detroit area to help them better manage their type 2 diabetes. Tailored from an existing peer program, the Project works with male barbers as peer leader health advocates, targeting diabetes-related lifestyle and self-management behaviors. Sun Life’s grant will support staffing, participant incentives, and equipment, including health monitoring devices.
Grant recipients are chosen each year by a panel of experts from Sun Life and business partners. The panel reviews the applications and determines the organizations that have demonstrated innovative approaches to diabetes support, education, and broadening access to nutrition and health services. This year’s panel included:
- John Adams, Lead Product Manager, Sun Life
- Irlande Audenier, Vice President, Group and Voluntary Claims, Sun Life
- Angel Bennett, Long-Term Disability Case Manager, Sun Life
- Kim Coutinho, Director, Distribution Learning & Development, Sun Life
- Amy Deschaines, Vice President, Account Executive, Lockton Companies
- Dr. Tracy Hamill, Assistant Vice President, Medical Director, Sun Life
- Ann-Marie Hejna, Manager, Business Development, ComPsych
- Tammi Hendrick, Senior Executive Administrative Assistant, Sun Life
- Gina Hill, Quality Development Analyst, Sun Life
- Latoya Keatts, Long-Term Disability Claims Case Manager, Sun Life
- Peter Kilmartin, Senior Vice President, Aon
- Glenna Lasater, Vice President of Human Resources, MGIS Companies
- Andre Lockett, Broker Services Licensing Specialist, Sun Life
Since the Team Up Against Diabetes grant program began in 2016, Sun Life U.S. has given more than $32 million to diabetes and health programs. Sun Life also partners with the American Diabetes Association in support of the Project Power program, the Boston Celtics in support of the YMCA of Greater Boston’s diabetes education and fitness programs, and the Kansas City Royals in support of diabetes programs in Kansas City.